New evidence shows conservatives are warming up to climate change

(CNN)Global warming isn’t as divisive in the United States as it used to be.

The percentage of conservative Republicans (not just Republicans but conservative Republicans) who believes climate change is happening has jumped 19 percentage points in the last two years, to 47%.
Overall, three-fourths of registered voters say global warming is real, with that figure up 7 percentage points since spring 2014. And a majority of Americans — 56% — say, correctly, that they think climate change is caused mostly by human activities.
“Republicans are not a monolithic block of global warming policy opponents,” the report says. “Rather, liberal (and) moderate Republicans are often part of the mainstream of public opinion on climate change, while conservative Republicans’ views are often distinctly different than the rest of the American public.”
Even those “distinctly different” views are shifting, this evidence shows.
True, there remains a significant knowledge gap on this subject, and it’s one we in the news media must do a better job of closing. Only 16% of American voters understand that more than more than 90% of climate scientists — it’s actually at least 97% — are convinced global warming is real and we’re causing it. And while conservative Republicans are warming to the idea that climate change is happening, only 26% of them acknowledge it’s mostly humans who are causing the problem by burning fossil fuels and chopping down rain forests.
Those gaps are persistent and troubling.
But I take this survey as cause for optimism.
Politicians should see it as a mandate to do something about the crisis.
A whopping 84% of registered voters, including 75% of Republicans, support funding research in renewable energy sources such as wind and solar, the data show. Three-quarters of voters, and 61% of Republicans, support regulating carbon dioxide as a pollutant. And 68% of voters support a carbon tax on fossil fuel companies if the money collected from taxing pollution is refunded to the people in the form of tax cuts. (There’s a proposal kind of like this up for a vote in Washington state, by the way, which will be a fascinating test.)
Voters are also more likely to choose a presidential candidate who “strongly supports taking action to reduce global warming,” according to the survey of 1,004 registered voters, which was conducted in March.
“Asked if they would be more or less likely to vote for a presidential candidate who strongly supports action to reduce global warming, or if it would make no difference, registered voters are three times as likely to say they would be more rather than less likely to vote for such a candidate,” the report says.
What accounts for the shift among conservatives?
Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, which released the report Monday, told me by email that it’s not exactly clear.
But here are a few news events he suspects are at play:
Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change, which made a moral argument for action, saying that people who have done nothing to cause warming will suffer its effects.
The Paris Agreement on climate change, which has drawn international media attention and has restored a sense of hope that the world is united in fighting this problem.
And a frightening string of temperature records, which also have gotten press.
Furthermore, he told me, the climate rhetoric among prominent Republican politicians appears to be softening somewhat — or is simply less constant than it used to be.
“In the past several years Republican leaders consistently attacked climate change as not happening, a hoax, or worse,” he said. “But with the primaries, the issue has faded away.
… It’s possible that this absence of anti-climate discourse has actually made it easier for at least some conservatives to start thinking about the issue outside of the political box. This is speculative, but makes some sense, as we know that many people take their cues on this issue from their own trusted leaders.
“So if conservative Republicans aren’t talking about it, that’s actually a more positive climate of discourse than when they were actively hostile.”
There are certainly counterexamples. The two leading Republican presidential candidates more or less have said climate change isn’t real or that we shouldn’t do anything about it or that China is to blame, anyway.
“Obama’s talking about all of this with the global warming and … a lot of it’s a hoax. It’s a hoax. I mean, it’s a money-making industry, OK? It’s a hoax, a lot of it,” Donald Trump said in a December interview, according to the site PolitiFact. Ted Cruz said last year that climate change is a “pseudoscientific theory.”
But something is changing in the minds of conservative voters, and for that I’m thankful.
When I took a trip last year to the most climate-skeptical place in the country, Woodward County, Oklahoma, I realized there’s much more agreement on this issue — and particularly on solutions to climate change — than we tend to think. The county with the highest rate of climate skepticism, I found, is also home to a booming wind industry, and a world-class wind power jobs training center.
I hope politicians will start taking note of these shifts as well.

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She Glues Brown Paper Bags To The Floor. I Thought It Was Odd Until I Saw The End Result

Want a unique and inexpensive way to transform your floors? Check this out.

This technique employs brown paper bags! Now hold on, this technique will indeed create fabulous flooring and as mentioned it will cost you next to nothing!

First remove the molding. Next, you rip the paper into sections. You can use builders paper or paper bags without print. Crumpling the paper can create a leather texture that can look great.

DIY Imperfection

Domestic Imperfection blogger, Ashley, wanted to revamp her son’s floor but in an affordable yet awesome manner.Using a tutorial she found using paper bags to make a plywood floor, she took it one stepfurther for her concrete floors. With just $80, Ashley she obtained all the supplies necessary for her son’s 10 x 12 ft room.

Gathering The Goods

To start making this, here is what you will need:

  • Roll of brown paper (Ashley recommendsbuilders paper from Home Depot)
  • Water-based floorpolyurethanes
  • Oil based stain (she recommendsMinwax, in provincial)
  • Gallon of Elmer’s glue
  • Deck pad or mop to apply the stain andpolyurethane
  • Small amount of concrete to patch holes from carpet tacks
  • Pole sander and sandpaper

Demo Begins

The first step is to completely clear the room and get rid off all the trim along the walls. it’s so easy and fun even Ashely’s toddler helped in the process, with proper parental supervision naturally. Next, you will need to prep the floors by patching any holesand then sand the concrete floors.

Ripping Time

After the floors are ready, you will start ripping the paper. Ashley suggests pieces measuring about 12-inches in diameter. Don’t worry about them being perfect in size or shape! Also, crinkling the paper will help give the floor a more distressed leather look.

Gluing For Grown Ups

You’re now ready to make the glue mixture! This will consist of a 1:1 ratio of Elmer’s glue to water. Don’t mix the entire batch at once, because it will dry out if not used fast enough.

Time To Get Dirty

Begin gluing each piece by scooping some glue onto the paper and spreading it over both sides. Then lay the piece of paper down on the floor and smooth it out to get rid of any bubbles. Make sure to overlap the paper since it will shrink as it dries.

Floor In Distress

Once the floor is completely dry, you are ready to start staining! You can leave the floor its natural color or add on the stain.Remember that it is supposed to look distressed. So, some discoloration is what you want.

Stained The Right Way

Make sure to “feather” the stain on to ensure no lines or blemishes. After the stain has dried, roll on the poly to seal the flooring. You will need to do multiple coats and let it dry in between each one. This will give it a great shine and ensure that it is kid-proof!

The Finished Product

Wait about a week before moving any furniture back in to ensure the flooring is set. Now, it’s time to enjoy your hard work. The project is time-consumingbut worth the great detailed results!

Home Improvement

The best part is this DIY project can be is fast, affordable, and a fun project to do alone or with your family and friends. It can be used in ANY room in your home and it’s a great alternative to carpet or tile, and will leave your friends scratching their heads wondering how you did it! Next time you’re looking to redo the look of a room, don’t forget a brown paper bag. I know I’ll never look a brown paper bagthe same way ever again.

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Why are we so bored?

We live in a world of constant entertainment but is too much stimulation boring?

It amazes me when people proclaim that they are bored. Actually, it amazes me that I am ever bored, or that any of us are. With so much to occupy us these days, boredom should be a relic of a bygone age an age devoid of the internet, social media, multi-channel TV, 24-hour shopping, multiplex cinemas, game consoles, texting and whatever other myriad possibilities are available these days to entertain us.

Yet despite the plethora of high-intensity entertainment constantly at our disposal, we are still bored. Up to half of us are often bored at home or at school, while more than two- thirds of us are chronically bored at work. We are bored by paperwork, by the commute and by dull meetings. TV is boring, as is Facebook and other social media. We spend our weekends at dull parties, watching tedious films or listening to our spouses drone on about their day. Our kids are bored bored of school, of homework and even of school holidays.

There are a number of explanations for our ennui. This, in fact, is part of the problem we are overstimulated. The more entertained we are the more entertainment we need in order to feel satisfied . The more we fill our world with fast-moving, high-intensity, ever-changing stimulation, the more we get used to that and the less tolerant we become of lower levels.

Thus slower-paced activities, such as reading reports, sitting in meetings, attending lectures or studying for exams, bore us because we are accustomed to faster-paced amusements.

Our attention spans are now thought to be less than that of a goldfish (eight seconds). We are hard-wired to seek novelty, which produces a hit of dopamine, that feel-good chemical, in our brains. As soon as a new stimulus is noticed, however, it is no longer new, and after a while it bores us. To get that same pleasurable dopamine hit we seek fresh sources of distraction.

Our increasing reliance on screentime is also to blame. Although we seem to live in a varied and exciting world with a wealth of entertainment at our fingertips, this is actually the problem. Many of these amusements are obtained in remarkably similar ways via our fingers. We spend much of our work life now tapping away at our keyboard. We then look for stimulation (watching movies, reading books, catching the news, interacting with friends) via the internet or our phone, which means more tapping. On average we spend six to seven hours in front of our phone, tablet, computer and TV screens every day.

All this is simply becoming boring. Instead of performing varied activities that engage different neural systems (sport, knitting, painting, cooking, etc) to relieve our tedium, we fall back on the same screen-tapping schema for much of our day. The irony is that while our mobile devices should allow us to fill every moment, our means of obtaining that entertainment has become so repetitive and routine that its a source of boredom in itself.

Does any of this matter? Research suggests that chronic boredom is responsible for a profusion of negative outcomes such as overeating, gambling, truancy, antisocial behaviour, drug use, accidents, risk taking and much more. We need less, not more, stimulation and novelty.

It seems paradoxical, but feeling bored in the short term will make us less bored in the long term.

The Upside of Downtime: Why Boredom is Good by Dr Sandi Mann is published by Robinson, 13.99. To buy a copy for 11.19, go to

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